An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.
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 Anne Shirley (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Marilla Cuthbert (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Matthew Cuthbert (2 episodes, 1985)
Patricia Hamilton ...
 Rachel Lynde (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Miss Muriel Stacy (2 episodes, 1985)
Schuyler Grant ...
 Diana Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Gilbert Blythe (2 episodes, 1985)
Charmion King ...
 Aunt Josephine (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Amelia Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Rosemary Radcliffe ...
 Mrs. Elizabeth Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
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 John Sadler (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Allan (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Rev. Allan (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Brown ...
 Mr. Phillips (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Josie Pye (2 episodes, 1985)
Trish Nettleton ...
 Jane Andrews (2 episodes, 1985)
Jennifer Inch ...
 Ruby Gillis (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Hammond (2 episodes, 1985)
Dawn Greenhalgh ...
 Mrs. Cadbury (2 episodes, 1985)
Jack Mather ...
 Station Master (2 episodes, 1985)
Vivian Reis ...
 Mrs. Spencer (2 episodes, 1985)
Samantha Langevin ...
 Mrs. Blewett (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Alice Lawson (2 episodes, 1985)
Sean McCann ...
 Dr. O'Reilly (2 episodes, 1985)
Roxolana Roslak ...
 Madame Selitsky (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert Haley ...
 Professor (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
Morgan Chapman ...
 Minnie May Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
David Roberts ...
 Tom (2 episodes, 1985)
Nancy Beatty ...
 Essie (2 episodes, 1985)
David Hughes ...
 Thomas Lynde (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Prissy Andrews (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Moody Spurgeon (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Punch Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
Rex Southgate ...
 Section Head (2 episodes, 1985)
Juliana Saxton ...
 Pink Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
Molly Thom ...
 Lace Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Student (2 episodes, 1985)
Sandra Scott ...
 Mrs. Harrington (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Porter (2 episodes, 1985)
Ray Ireland ...
 Mr. Hammond (2 episodes, 1985)
Martha Maloney ...
 Fairview Nurse (2 episodes, 1985)
Stuart Hamilton ...
 Mme. Selitsky's Accompanist (2 episodes, 1985)
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At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables. Written by Kathy Li

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Anne auf Green Gables  »

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Trivia

The orphanage director, Mrs. Cadbury, is actually Megan Follows mother. See more »

Goofs

During multiple scenes with Matthew in them there are shots taken from different angles around him showing us that it is a double playing the character instead of the actor Richard Farnsworth. Examples of this are when Matthew first goes to pick up Anne from the station, when he is taking her to Green Gables in the buggy, when Anne gets wet in the lake, is rescued by Gilbert, and then when Matthew puts his coat around her. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hammond: Anne! Anne!
Anne Shirley: Coming Mrs. Hammond!
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Connections

Referenced in Avonlea: Old Quarrels, Old Love (1991) See more »

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Vienna Blood
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at ball and heard on phonograph
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Wonderfully shot, and high production values.
16 September 2003 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I was highly impressed with this production when I first saw it over ten years ago. The cinematography is very intimate, and does a fine job of showing some very picturesque coastal and rural scenery. The costuming and overall art direction is first class in both this production and it's followup "Anne of Avonlea."

The acting is very rich and natural from all the female leads, though somewhat dry from the younger males. There's a touch of melodrama in all their performances, but this aspect reflects accurately I think the behavioral norms for the period.

The stories are personal reflections of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, set around Prince Rupert Island, and placed in a 3rd person narrative for her series of books. The books are once again transcribed to screenplay format for this mini series, and though I've never read the books I must say I'm very impressed with the production.

The blend of colors, costumes, acting talent and overall direction really make this and its sequel very enjoyable to watch. Sadly the third installment doesn't quite live up to the standards set by the first two mini series, but is still watchable.

The SFX were also very convincing (what few there were). I won't spoil the film by pointing them out, but nevertheless they help set the general visual feel of the characters, and better establish their ages.

Myself, I'm a guns-n-spaceships movie kind of guy, but I do appreciate a gentle reflection on the more important things in life. In this case the story of the pains and fortunes of growing up. I highly reccomend this to anyone who needs a break from real life or wants a change in pace from the usual Hollywood offerings.


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